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Danish Politics

In 1999, the Danish democracy celebrated its 150th anniversary. The first Danish constitution was signed on June 5th 1849 by King Frederik VII, and democracy replaced absolute monarchy. Since then, the constitution has been changed twice, most recently in 1953.

The electoral system in Denmark is proportional and has been so since 1920. Elections must be held at least every four years, but the Prime Minister can call an election at any time.

The Danish parliament Folketinget has 179 members. 175 are elected in Denmark; two are elected in Greenland and two in the Faeroe Islands.

The political system of Denmark is a multi-party structure, where several parties are represented in the Parliament. Danish governments are most often minority administrations, governing with the aid of one or more supporting parties. This means that Danish politics are characterised by inter-party compromising. Since 1909 no single party has had the majority of parliamentary seats.